On Sunday Yvonne and I took our daughters to Processions 2018, a mass participation artwork, in Edinburgh produced by Artichoke, my mum came too. The idea was that thousands of women and girls wearing scarves in the colours of the Women’s and Social and Political Union (WSPU) would create a sea of green, violet and white through the city. Processions were also taking place in Cardiff, Belfast and London.
The excitement about suffragettes began the Monday before when Sylvie and Caroline were allowed to stay about a wee bit late to watch the first half hour of Lucy Worsley’s documentary on BBC1. (If you’ve not seen it, I thought it was really good – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b5y4zg)
Then with my limited sewing skill I made them special suffragette t-shirts.
— Dr Valerie Wright (@VAWright10) June 10, 2018
On the day Yvonne was prepared bringing materials for the girls to make their own suffrage flags on the train from Glasgow.
© V. Wright
When we arrived at the Meadows it seemed like there were thousands of people of all ages and lots of groups of women from all over Scotland and the North of England with beautiful banners.
— Yvonne McFadden (@yvonne_mcfadden) June 10, 2018
Being on the procession was a great experience for us all. We were walking in front of a group of Girl Guides and behind the Scottish Women’s Aid banner, which Yvonne recognised from when she had volunteered with Speaking Out. (The final Speaking Out publication has been published and can be downloaded here – https://womenslibrary.org.uk/discover-our-projects/speaking-out/the-speaking-out-publication/)
© Y. McFadden
© Y. McFadden
We didn’t finish the whole route as the girls were tired, but we did watch the procession pass us at the National Gallery and then popped in for some cake. We finished the day by bumping into Sue and Adele from the Glasgow Women’s Library and Adele’s mum at the train station.
© Y. McFadden
All in a great day out remembering all that women have achieved in the fight for equality and all that is still to do. Processions 2018 was a real inspiration for the next generation!
Congratulations to National Coordinators Jean Cameron and Anne McLaughlin – you did a great job!!
For other accounts and images of Processions 2018 see:
To celebrate partial suffrage & the incredible work done by women 100 years ago, women came to march in Edinburgh & other places, holding their banners high. Celebrating what has been done, while recognising still much more to do #vote100 #Processions2018 #Processionedn pic.twitter.com/j3uprsnmHO
— Ruth Boreham (@RuthBoreham) June 10, 2018
— Ciara McCafferty (@McCafferlaffs) June 10, 2018
— Mandy McIntosh (@msmandymcintosh) June 11, 2018
Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow)